Theater: Good Grief

You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown. The U.S. comic strip has often mimicked and miniaturized the battle of the sexes. In Bringing Up Father, the explosively frustrated, cigar-chewing Jiggs is tamed by the shrew Maggie. In Blondie, the hapless, incompetent Dagwood is forever being put to rights by his cool, frizzy-haired wife. In Peanuts, Charles M. Schulz defined and some what disguised the process by finally reducing the American male to his supposedly intrinsic childishness.

The fashionable switch of Peanuts is that good ole Charlie Brown and his friends speak the sophisticated baby...

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